During the course of her career, kHyal has held the positions of Chief Creative Officer at Metropolitan interactive; Creative Director at Havas Worldwide, NetKey and Microtech international Inc; Cofounder and Vice President of Marketing at blowtorch studios and SunStar interactive; and Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Stamford Health.
kHyal majored in Mass Communications at Emerson College. She has served on the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City’s Marketing Committee; co-chaired the Fundraising Committee of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Los Angeles; was an active member of the Connecticut Technology Council’s Vice President of Marketing Forum; and a member/speaker of FleetBoston Financial Women Entrepreneurs’ Connection. kHyal has been a juror for the London International Advertising (LIA) Awards, a judge for Hasbro’s Project Upcycle Design Awards, served as Communications Chair for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Brand Central Chapter, and was on the advisory board of GraphicDesign.com London.
In addition, kHyal has worked as a Director and Consultant in employee staffing, and has spearheaded talent evaluation and acquisition initiatives at career development and recruitment events at Carnegie Mellon University, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, The New School, Parsons, FIT, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Temple University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, Miami Ad School and University of Hartford. She has been an invited participant in hiring programs at NYU, Wasserman Center for Career Development in Manhattan. kHyal served on AWNY’s (Advertising Women of New York) Annual Career Conference Committee, and Resume and Portfolio Review Clinic Subcommittee for multiple terms. She has written workplace and culture policies and extensive content for hospitals and healthcare organization employee publications; and was hired as a consultant by tech unicorn company Datto to write human resources publications, just prior to their $1B valuation in 2015.
kHyal’s fine art and design have been exhibited in the American Visionary Art Museum, Pictoplasma–Berlin, New Britain Museum of American Art, la Gaîté Lyrique–Paris, Outsider Art Fair–New York, Housatonic Art Museum, City Museum–Washington–DC, Intuit–Chicago, EGGO Arte—Buenos Aires, Cooper Union, Art Basel—Switzerland, Aqua12 Miami, and galleries from New York to Los Angeles and London.
Since 2007, kHyal cofounded Microtech International Inc (MII 2.0), S0N0 Spaces, PUSH Workshops, PUSH Design Camp and Fairfield County Adobe Users Group. She created the brands Free Range Copy™, MegaGlam™, Super Fake Cult™, I Do What I Want™, Cake Pony™ and The Weather sKwirl™ — and, has launched dozens of products within those brands that have been showcased in stores and galleries internationally.
A passionate educator, kHyal has been an Adjunct Instructor at Miami Ad School New York where she taught Product Creation and Innovation; and an Adjunct Professor at Anhui Polytechnic University in Wuhu City, China. She has been an invited mentor, speaker, panelist and judge on the topics of design, marketing, technology and innovation at conferences, special events, universities and colleges in the USA, Europe and Asia. She is a journalist who has written extensively about technology, art and culture for numerous publications.
A technology junkie since the 80s, kHyal is a founding member of the Women’s Internet History Project. She began her tech career in the high-end audio field with industry pioneer Mark Levinson, founder of Mark Levinson Audio Systems, Cello, Ltd., Red Rose Music and Daniel Hertz SA. During this time she consecutively created interactive artworks and installations pioneering digital media with a convergence of sound, light, animation and video projection. Before her first Mac, kHyal used an Amiga computer to create live MIDI music performances and video animation. She was a member of the Amiga Users Group at Yale University, and active in Silicon Alley in the 90s. Her first blog on kHyal.com featured the emerging technology scene in New York City in 1996. Her current interests include FinTech, IoT, wearable tech, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, virtual reality and augmented reality.